Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) and MAN have launched the ‘Hamburg TruckPilot’, a collaborative project to test automated and autonomous trucks over the next two and a half years.
The goal of the project is to analyse the real-world potential for autonomous trucks, particularly in the automatic container handling process, with both parties also hoping to find standards for future automation initiatives.
It will initially see two prototype trucks equipped with the necessary electronic automation systems.
They will enter the A7 motorway, and then autonomously handle discharging and loading within the Altenwerder container terminal in the Port of Hamburg.
It is divided into three phases. The first, the preparatory phase, which has already started and will be completed by the end of 2018, will define the technical framework conditions.
The second phase will see tests run from January 2019 to June 2020, and will cover the technical development of the system on the MAN testing grounds, according to the specific requirements defined by the first phase.
The results from of the second phase will determine the course of third. This will see trial operations run between July and December 2020 in a customer-relevant application context.
HHLA and MAN, according to a statement, hope automated driving functions will provide relief and support for truck drivers, as well as improve supply chain efficiencies.
Dr Frederik Zohm, Member of the Board of Management for Research at MAN, commented: "The project 'Hamburg TruckPilot' is another important development step for automated driving for MAN. As with other projects, the focus here is on integrating the system into concrete workflows for a future user. Together with HHLA, we will generate important insights for the further development of the technology into a system that is ready for the customer."